- 25 Feb 2021
Date received: 23 Dec 2020
Date responded: 25 Jan 2021
1. Any correspondence (emails, letters, text messages, WhatsApp messages, phone calls or otherwise) between Ministers (including the First Minister), Special Advisors and civil servants in the Scottish Government Press Office concerning the Scottish Conservative Conference, held between Friday 20 November and Saturday 21 November, and the announcements made at the conference.
2. Any briefings (notes, memos, or otherwise) produced by civil servants for Ministers (including the First Minister) and/or Special Advisors concerning the Scottish Conservative Conference, held between Friday 20 November and Saturday 21 November, and the announcements made at the conference.
In respect of part 1 of your request, I attach some of the information you requested in the attached annex. The remainder held within the Scottish Government relates to publicity issued by the organisers (an agenda and press releases trailing speeches). Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you.
In respect of part 2 of your request, the Scottish Government does not hold any information that you have asked for.
This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested.
This exemption is not subject to the 'public interest test', so we are not required to consider if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption.
The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses.
Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House